Chlamydia In Women - Diagnosis

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How is chlamydia diagnosed?

Chlamydia can be detected on material collected by swabbing the cervix during a traditional examination using a speculum, but noninvasive screening tests done on urine or on self-collected vaginal swabs are less expensive and sometimes more acceptable to patients. While culturing of the organism can confirm the diagnosis, this method is limited to research laboratories and forensic investigations. For routine diagnostic use, newer and inexpensive diagnostic tests that depend upon identification and amplification of the genetic material of the organism have replaced the older, time-consuming culture methods.

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Comment from: Princess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I went for a Pap smear and discovered that I had chlamydia. This was very painful to deal with as I had only one man in my life who is the father of my child, and I was still recovering from the breakup. He still denies cheating on me, but stated that it could be from a previous relationship. I am just thankful that it was something that could be cured easily unlike HIV, syphilis or herpes.

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Comment from: sadpanda, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

Six months ago, I had an encounter with a boy I was somewhat dating. We both had too much to drink and I woke up with him naked beside me. I did not find any evidence that we used a condom, plus I also had a tampon in at the time. I have horrible judgment when intoxicated (been sober since). I then got tested five days after (results came back negative). After two days of having oral/vaginal sex with my current boyfriend, I developed symptoms of a UTI. A couple of days into the UTI treatment, along with starting my period, I developed horrible back pain, fever, and chills. I was put on antibiotics again. After two weeks of having sex with my boyfriend, I then had abnormal increased yellow/green vaginal discharge, slight pain with sex (I thought was positional), and bleeding found after intercourse. That's when I decided something is seriously wrong. I went to Planned Parenthood and got free urine testing and decided I should go get checked out by my gynecologist. Both tests came back positive, which was very devastating. I told my boyfriend, who got tested, and he came back negative, so I am guessing it was from my previous encounter and I had it for six months no symptoms until I probably developed pelvic inflammatory disease.

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